Best Historical Photos: Colorado Mining Scenes

Mines at Black Hawk Colorado

Colorado is characterized by the most rugged and mountainous terrain of any state in the US, and those mountains were rich in minerals waiting to be discovered by prospectors as far back as 1859. Development of mines in Colorado was slow at first due to the extremes of terrain and weather, and the remoteness of

The western states have produced massive amounts of placer gold since the 1848 discovery of gold at Coloma, California. Placer districts throughout the West were heavily mined almost continuously for over a century by a variety of methods. Despite this previous activity, there is still plenty of gold to be discovered. Thousands of gold placer

While there is not one official definition of what a ghost town is, there has been much discussion on the subject. Wikipedia’s basic definition is as follows: A ghost town is an abandoned village, town or city. A town often becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due

Full view of cyanide mixing works at the King Solomon mine.

The King Solomon mine, a monolithic structure from a bygone era, stands alone atop the Rand Mountain range, a silent witness to the joys, sorrows and deaths of those who sought the riches from beneath the earth. Cindy Nunn’s new book Abandoned California: King Solomon Mine is a history of the mine from its beginnings until shut-down.

Clark Mansion New York 1906

William Andrews Clark Sr. (January 8, 1839 – March 2, 1925) was an American politician and entrepreneur, involved with mining, banking, and railroads. Clark made his first fortune as one of the three “Copper Kings” of Butte, Montana. He was later involved in many ventures including the development of mines and smelters in Jerome, Arizona,

I recently had the opportunity to view the DVD “Desperate Dreams” by Rick Tegeler. The DVD is the result of numerous trips to Nevada with the purpose of documenting the mines and ghost towns of the mining frontier. The following quote from the Desperate Dreams site summarizes some of Rick’s experiences during his explorations: “As